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Going beyond 'just surviving': How accessible is Grand Rapids for people with disabilities?

When it comes to being a haven for individuals with disabilities, Grand Rapids still has a long way to go. However, people throughout the community are working hard to make sure the area is becoming a place where everyone, no matter their disability, can lead the life they want.

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Beer, art & nature: Must-see destinations along West Michigan's trails

With nature centers, restaurants and even art installations, West Michigan's trails are becoming diverse pathways with unique destinations around every corner.

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Photo essay: Harmony Brewing & Green Wagon Farm join forces to build strong community food landscape

For Harmony Brewing and Green Wagon Farm, a new partnership between the two groups is about building a stronger community food landscape in which farmers, restaurants and consumers are connected, both in person and with the food they cook and eat. To grow that relationship, Harmony is bringing employees to work on the farm every month. Local photographer Mike Rice recently got to document Harmony's first-ever staff work day, giving us a glimpse into a world of farming, food and community.

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Rapid Blog: Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses CEO Jamiel Robinson on the need for economic justice

Change must happen in the city to fix a broken economy that isn't working for the majority of African Americans, Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses founder and CEO Jamiel Robinson writes.

 Megan Feenstra Wall

RapidChat: Megan Feenstra Wall, Michigan's Young Architect of the Year

Not only was she recently named the Michigan Young Architect of the Year by the American Institute for Architecture (AIA), Megan Feenstra Wall is also a very passionate community member. With her involvement in the Children’s Healing Center, Design Week West Michigan, and KCAD's Master of Architecture program, she advises novices to "keep taking risks, especially in this time of your life when failure is less likely to affect anyone but yourself."

Median income

UIX Blog: The world at your fingertips, with the right data

Of all the free mapping resources available online, ArcGIS is by far the most robust and functional. You could say it's like renting a satellite, but even that would still fall short in ability.

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